Boca del Lupo is thrilled to welcome our new Performance Works Venue Coordinator, Gillian Thomson!
Gillian Thomson is of mixed Haida, Tsimshian and European background and is a vocalist, songwriter, performer and creative, vocal coach, and arts administrator/coordinator. Throughout the years much of her focus has been on singing, songwriting and performing in her and her brother Robert’s original multi-genre soulful band Sister Says based out of Vancouver. Currently Gillian focuses on her own songwriting, singing in her soul and pop cover band Full Spin, being a hired back-up and lead singer in different bands, singing in Top Line Vocal Collective Choir and engaging in inspiring multidisciplinary projects and collectives. Her music training includes private vocal jazz lessons since the age of twelve, early and later piano lessons, growing up performing with her Dad and brother in a blues-jam band, briefly singing in a straight ahead jazz duo and later on private music theory lessons by local trained musicians as a young adult. She also completed the Arts and Entertainment Management Certificate Program at Capilano University in 2013. Presently Gillian and her brother are taking some time away from Sister Says but still perform together in different capacities including Full Spin. Sister Says has for years performed regularly in Vancouver and BC. Previous tours and shows of Sister Says include performing in BC, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and internationally in Beijing, China. In 2017 Sister Says was featured on Spotify Canada’s Feminist Friday playlist among talented Indigenous female led groups/artists such as Kinnie Starr, Princess Nokia and Mariee Sioux. In June 2017 Gillian co-curated and co-produced the diverse concert Giving Voice in partnership with Bill Reid Gallery and Christ Church Cathedral, which took place at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver. She also helped program Kanata Festival, an Indigenous community festival in Vancouver. Other previous arts contracts include working with Full Circle First Nations Performance which presents the Talking Stick Festival, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Vancouver International Children’s Festival. During 2018 and 2017 she performed as a hired back-up and lead vocalist with a number of projects including OHR Afrika Collective with rapper Ndidi Cascade, her father Jamie Thomson’s blues band, Indigenous soul singer Fara Palmer, and on folk singer-songwriter/performance artist Claire Love Wilson’s songs that they co-wrote together. She was also hired to sing on Indigenous composer Russell Wallace’s songs for his upcoming radio musical. As a vocal coach and music teacher her most recent teaching includes songwriting workshops in Haida Gwaii, Smithers and locally for Vancouver Native Housing. Gillian is also a member of experimental theatre company Boca Del Lupo’s 3.7 Initiative, an all self-identifying diverse female theatre collective. In 2017 she acted in Red Girl, a suspense-thriller short film shot in Haida Gwaii, written and directed by Haida artist Patrick Shannon. Previous theatre related work and training includes being a member of the Full Circle Training Ensemble (Indigenous multidisciplinary theatre group), and Urban Ink Collective (diverse multidisciplinary theatre group). In 2016 Urban Ink Collective presented Silenced, a multidisciplinary theatre piece, at rEvolver Theatre Festival which Gillian acted in and was involved with the creation of the script.